The STRONG LEAP-S1 is a 4K Ultra HD Android TV streaming box with Dolby Digital Plus, HDR10/10+ and Google Stadia onboard, all for £59.99.
The product is from recent AV entrant to the UK market with big ambitions in the TV and viewing sector STRONG.
One of its first offerings is the Android TV-based LEAP-S1 4K Ultra HD box, featuring High Dynamic Range (HDR) as well as Google Assistant voice search, Chromecast built-in and the Google Stadia 4K HDR cloud gaming service.
Offering instant access to Google Play Store’s 5000+ range of applications and streaming movie and audio services (including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, BT Sport, My5, YouTube, YouTube Kids), the LEAP-S1 is designed as a fuss-free way of delivering 4K HDR video and Dolby audio to compatible TVs.
Gaming fans, meanwhile, will also be able to access a large– and growing – collection of video games (currently numbering more than 200), courtesy of Google’s Stadia. Hit titles such as Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Hitman World of Assassination, F1, FIFA, Red Dead 2, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six and Borderlands 3 can be played directly over broadband internet using the LEAP-S1 (using a compatible controller), without any need for a game console or PC and streamed seamlessly over home Wi-Fi networks (minimum 30 Mbps bandwidth recommended)
Players can either purchase individual titles or sign up to Google’s Stadia Pro monthly subscription service. This unlocks a 30 plus – and growing – library of premium games, many of which are delivered in 4K HDR 60fps video quality with 5.1-channel surround sound audio (via compatible display and sound systems).
“The STRONG LEAP-S1 gives both movie lovers and gamers easy access to an enormous range of 4K Ultra HD and HDR content, all easily locatable using the built-in voice search facility,’ says Rob Peacock, Commercial Director of STRONG TV (UK). “With an above average range of storage and connectivity options, it’s one of the most versatile streaming boxes in its category.”
STRONG LEAP-S1 features…
High Performance – Powered by Android TV 10 OS (upgradable in future), the LEAP-S1 is ultra-responsive for day-to-day use, thanks to a powerful quad-core, 1.8 KHz ARM Cortex-A53 processor, combined with Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi 5, 2GB of DDR4 RAM plus 8GB of Flash storage.
Cinematic 4K picture quality – Experience favourite movies and programmes in HD, Ultra HD and enhanced HDR picture quality. Vivid colours, pin-sharp clarity and excellent contrast levels come as standard, along with 60fps playback.
Easy to live with – Measuring just 110 x 110 x 22mm and weighing 170g, the LEAP-S1 will fit into many domestic environments. The simple remote control (with dedicated Netflix and Amazon Prime video buttons) also features voice control (via a Google Assistant mic button).
Straightforward set-up – Just connect the box to a TV’s HDMI input, power up, and connect to the network via Wi-Fi or the built-in Ethernet connection.
As well as Ethernet LAN and HDMI (2.1a), there’s also Chromecast (for streaming music and HD movies from a smartphone), Bluetooth 4.2, a pair of side-mounted USBs (1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0), plus a useful Micro SD slot for further storage expansion.
Audio extras – A 3.5mm stereo analogue audio output allows users to hook up external headphones/amplifiers/speakers while a SPDIF (optical) connection delivers digital audio to external DACs (Digital to Analogue converters), AV receivers etc.